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- May 2006 / Fifty-five year old mother of six now a BPC graduate
Fifty-five year old mother of six now a Brewton-Parker College graduate
Law school is next for Connell Stewart Jackson
BPC Director of Marketing
Most people in their fifties would be looking
back on all of the accomplishments made so far in life and would be eagerly
anticipating retirement. After all,
being retired brings the chance to travel, to join a morning coffee club at
a local fast food restaurant, and the best thing of all – a chance to
spoil the grandchildren.
Don’t expect any of that from Mrs.
Connell Stewart Jackson anytime soon.
Mrs. Jackson received her Bachelor of Arts
degree in Sociology during Brewton-Parker College’s External Programs
Commencement in Hinesville on May 13.
At fifty-five years of age, she also received the distinction of being the
oldest member of the Class of 2006.
“If you put your heart and mind to it, you can do it,” said
Mrs. Jackson proudly, a belief instilled in her at a young age by her mother,
Floria Mae Stewart.
|Mrs. Connell Stewart Jackson (left) stands
with her mother, Mrs. Floria Mae Stewart, following Brewton-Parker College's
External Programs Commencement May 13 at the First Baptist Church of Hinesville.
(Photo by Taylor Hereford)
As a child growing up in Jesup, Mrs. Jackson knew that all her mother expected
was that her children do their very best and earn a good, quality education.
“To my mother, education has always been a top priority,” said
Mrs. Jackson. “All she expected from us was that we do the best we could
do. And if we failed at something, she told us we needed to pick ourselves
up and try again.”
After graduating from Wayne County High
School, Mrs. Jackson didn’t
continue on in her pursuit of a college education. Instead, she began to concentrate
on being a supportive wife to her husband Jerome as together they began to
raise a family.
The couple has been blessed to have six
children – five sons and one
daughter – which is the most of any graduate in Brewton-Parker College’s
Class of 2006. Jerome, Jr. is a real estate investor in New York. Josh is currently
serving in Iraq as a member of the Army, while his brother Neil is in the Navy
and stationed in Virginia. Latrina, the only daughter, is an archeologist,
while Adam is currently a sophomore majoring in engineering at Georgia Southern.
Christopher, the youngest child, is an honor student at Wayne County High School.
|Mrs. Connell Stewart Jackson (center) is
surrounded by her family following Brewton-Parker College's External Programs
Commencement May 13 at the First Baptist Church of Hinesville. (Photo by
While juggling the responsibilities of being a wife and a mother, Mrs. Jackson
decided at one point she would attempt to make a career out of working in the
restaurant business. There was a time in this new venture that Mrs. Jackson
realized she would need the services of the legal profession. Ironically, working
with attorneys would give her the inspiration she needed to go back to school.
“After my experience in the restaurant business, I realized I could
make a positive difference in people’s lives by being an attorney,” said
Mrs. Jackson. “It was at that point that I knew I wanted to get a college
In 2002, Mrs. Jackson enrolled as a full-time
student at Brewton-Parker’s
Liberty Campus in Hinesville in pursuit of a Sociology degree. Four years later,
with her mother watching proudly from a pew at the First Baptist Church of
Hinesville, Mrs. Jackson walked across the stage and received her diploma.
Mrs. Jackson is now making plans to attend the John Marshall Law School in
Atlanta in hopes of one day achieving her dream of being a practicing attorney.
She hopes that as a result of her earning a college degree that her children
who are still in school will see it as a motivating factor to finish school
and earn their own degrees.
“I have always wanted to lead by example,” said Mrs. Jackson. “If
I can go back to school and earn a college education, then my children can
finish and get their degrees, too.”
Mrs. Jackson’s husband Jerome has also followed her lead. He is currently
enrolled at Brewton-Parker College’s Liberty Campus as a sophomore majoring
in Christianity. Like his wife, Jerome wants to use his future college degree
to help others.